Spicy & Saucy

Today's lunch was last night's supposed dinner. So much for meal planning! If it weren't for my workout at the gym and getting stuck in a thunder storm with the tornado sirens going off, I may have been able to pull off dinner without a hitch!

But I can say that enjoying this on a nice, sunny day makes for a great lunch. I came across this recipe for Asian Spiced Pork Tenderloins with Apricot Sauce and loved the spices involved along with the sweetness of apricots. The verdict? It was not only easy to prepare, but flavorful and on the healthier side. I served this with steamed rice and broccoli.

Here's the recipe for Asian Spiced Pork Tenderloins with Apricot Sauce:

2 12-ounce pork tenderloins
Easy Apricot Sauce (see recipe, below)

Asian Rub
1 tablespoon packed dark brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon Chinese five spice
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Easy Apricot Sauce
2/3 cup apricot preserves,
1/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar
1/4 teaspoon soy sauce in small saucepan.
- Combine sauce ingredients and bring to boil; remove from heat. Cool to room temperature. Makes about 3/4 cup.

Prepare Easy Apricot Sauce. Set aside to cool to room temperature.

Combine brown sugar, salt, Chinese five spice and pepper in small bowl. Sprinkle and rub mixture evenly on surfaces of pork tenderloins.

Prepare a medium-hot fire in grill. Grill tenderloins, uncovered, over direct heat for 15-20 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F., turning tenderloins over halfway through cooking. Transfer pork to cutting board. Loosely cover with foil. Let rest for 5 minutes.

Serve tenderloin with apricot sauce.

*I'm also submitting this to the Perfect Party Dishes blogging event, hosted by Dhanggit of Dhanggit's Kitchen. The blogging event is in honor of her daughter's first birthday. I chose this recipe because it can easily be made in advance and doesn't require many ingredients for an elegant meal perfect for guests. Check out the round up for the event the week of August 15th on her site!*


  1. Hi! I found your comment box -- yea! I'm so glad to see this recipe. I have a bottle of Chinese 5 Spice that I've barely touched. Can't wait to use it with this recipe!

  2. Ooh this looks great! I almost never make pork because I'm not very inspired by the recipes I come across, but this is one I'm definitely excited about!

  3. I love stone fruits with meats and recently cooked pork ribs with red plums. I'll make this next. Thanks for the recipe.:)

  4. I do love a good apricot sauce. Since you like things spicey, you might enjoy this one:

    2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
    1/2 habañero pepper, seeded
    1 shallot, chopped
    2 cloves garlic, chopped
    8 ounces apricot jam
    1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
    1 tablespoon olive oil

    Sauté garlic, shallots and habañero in olive oil for 2 to 3 minutes.

    Add apricot jam and mustard, then cook another 10 minutes.

  5. Oh this will definitely bring a nice nice asian touch for the picnic party organized for my daughter!! thank you for this delicious entry!!! i love it!

  6. Your tenderloin is such a gorgeous color!